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Commission on the Status of Women

Our mission contributes actively to the work of the annual Commission on the Status of Women.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason, will act as Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) for 2018 and 2019. The role of Chair of the CSW will allow Ireland to promote our values in the area of equality and human rights at the UN.

As Chair we will aim to ensure that the CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

During the Commission’s annual two-week session in March each year, representatives of UN Member States, civil society organizations and UN entities gather at UN headquarters in New York. They discuss progress and gaps in the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the key global policy document on gender equality as well as emerging issues that affect gender equality and the empowerment of women. Member States agree on further actions to accelerate progress and promote women’s enjoyment of their rights in political, economic and social fields.